Seismic Retrofits Pay Off For Murray Schools

Mackenzie CopeNews releases, Preparedness

“Earthquakes happen when they wanna happen,” says Doug Perry, public information officer for the Murray School District. “Unfortunately, the Magna Quake [March 18] happened in the middle of a pandemic. Not having to worry about our school buildings ─ that they survived and performed well ─ was a huge relief for our district.” That’s because the Murray School District decided … Read More

Manufactured Homes in Earthquakes – How to Protect Your Home & Family

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Photo from ABC4 Utah article SALT LAKE CITY – Manufactured homes are especially at risk from earthquakes and their aftershocks. Many manufactured homes rest on slender supports that can collapse or buckle during earthquakes, causing injuries to the occupants and damage to the structure, contents, water heater and utilities.  Collapse can make doors and other exits unsafe while fractured gas … Read More

Are You Ready for the Next Earthquake?

Mackenzie CopeDisasters, News releases, Preparedness

SALT LAKE CITY – While earthquakes are inevitable, the damage they cause is not. Utah homeowners can take simple actions to reduce property damage and the disruption to their lives caused by earthquakes. One of the best non-structural measures you can undertake is strapping down your water heater. An earthquake-damaged water heater can cause fires, flooding, and carbon monoxide build-up … Read More

News Release: Why Are Unreinforced Brick Structures Dangerous?

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SALT LAKE CITY – Utah has a rich heritage of brick architecture. From Fort Douglas and the Isaac Chase Mill to Provo Tabernacle and Brigham Young’s Winter Home, many of the state’s oldest and most historic structures were made with bricks. However, many brick buildings are vulnerable to earthquakes. Unreinforced Masonry (URM) Structures built prior to 1975 often feature brick … Read More

U.S. earthquake history: The Great Alaska Quake of 1964

jdoughertyGeology, Preparedness

And why we don’t expect an earthquake of that size in Utah. On Good Friday, March 27, 1964, at 5:36 p.m. local time, the earth began to shake in the subduction zone in the Prince William Sound in Alaska. The U.S. Geological Survey reports that: The earthquake caused rivers, lakes, and other waterways to slosh as far away as the … Read More